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Population: July 1992 estimate 484,387; 1992 growth rate 3.2 percent.

NOTE--The Country Profile contains updated information as available.

Education: Free in twelve-year public school system, consisting of six-year primary cycle, three-year intermediate cycle, andthree-year secondary cycle. Total students in three cycles in 1985-86 academic year 51,350, of whom roughly 50 percent female. University of Qatar free.

Health: Comprehensive system of well-equipped public clinics and hospitals staffed by mainly foreign personnel. Most care provided free to all residents. Several private clinics located in Doha. In 1986 life expectancy at birth 65.2 years for males and 67.6 years for females.

Ethnic Groups: Most Qataris are Arabs; some have Iranian or African ancestry. Large foreign communities of Indians, Iranians, Pakistanis, and Egyptians. Other groups include Filipinos, Bangladeshis, Sudanese, Afghans, other Arabs, Sri Lankans, and Westerners, mostly British.

Religion: Most Qataris follow Wahhabi interpretation of Sunni Islam. Of remaining Muslims, Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghans are Sunni, while Iranians are mainly Shia. Other religious groups include Hindus (mostly Indian) and Christians (Indians, Filipinos, and Westerners).

Data as of January 1993